Google confuses us again with the launch of a new app

Google is rolling out a new app today called Spaces, a tool used for group messaging.

I say “again” because Google can’t seem to make up its mind regarding messaging apps. First Hangouts, then Google Messenger, and now Spaces. 

 The new app lets users find and share articles, video and images without leaving the app by combining Search, YouTube and Chrome. When someone shares something new to a space, the message view lets you see what everyone else is talking about.

Last year there was a rumor that suggested Google+ would be split into three separate apps: Hangouts, Photos and Stream. While Photos and Hangouts are now separate apps, the Stream app never showed up. What if Spaces is meant to be the third app?

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Spaces

  • Instantly create a space in one tap
  • Easily invite friends with a quick link
  • Share the things you love with Search and YouTube

Spaces will be gradually rolling out today for Android, iOS, desktop and mobile web for all Gmail accounts. Check back to this page to see the respective app store links.

Update: For those attending Google I/O, there will be special Spaces for I/O sessions. There is more information on the Spaces website.